Dec 18 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDS FOR ALABAMA

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today the Senate's approval of Fiscal Year 2002 funding for Alabama projects included in the Labor , Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2002. Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Senate approved funding for these important projects and programs."

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, BIRMINGHAM - INTERDISCIPLINARY BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER - $10 MILLION

Senator Shelby said, "These funds will enable the University of Alabama at Birmingham to construct an interdisciplinary research facility to house several science and clinical departments. It is vitally important that the University have the facilities and the resources to maintain its high standards in education and research. The University of Alabama has achieved great success and a well-deserved reputation for excellence. I hope to continue the recent Senate tradition of providing the University with the tools it needs to maintain its competitive edge."

HOSPICE OF WEST ALABAMA - $1 MILLION

Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes funds for the construction of a hospice facility in Tuscaloosa. The facility will be designed for inpatient care of terminal patients in a home-like setting. Current plans call for the hospice to be located on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and care will be available to veterans and non-veterans. The hospice will be a welcome addition to Tuscaloosa and I am proud to have worked with the Tuscaloosa community to make this facility a reality." "We are overjoyed to see this desperately-needed care become available in West Alabama," said Julie Sittason, Executive Director of Hospice of West Alabama.

COOPER GREEN HOSPITAL, OBSTETRICS SUITE IMPROVEMENTS - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, "These funds will allow the Cooper Green Hospital to update and improve its obstetrics suite. The funding will be used to create family-based delivery areas and to purchase the latest ultrasound technology for the obstetrics suite. As the only indigent care facility in Birmingham, the obstetrics suite at Cooper Green Hospital has not been significantly updated since its construction in 1972. The integration of the most up-to-date ultrasound equipment into the obstetrics suite will enable them to improve prenatal care and reduce health care costs for mother and child."

CENTER FOR TEXTILE TRAINING AND APPAREL TECHNOLOGY AT CENTRAL ALABAMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE - $750,000

Senator Shelby said, "Central Alabama Community College will use these funds to upgrade the Technology Center with current textile manufacturing technology. The funds will be used to upgrade training equipment, incorporate industrial maintenance training, and add audio and visual training equipment. The Center works closely with the textile industry in the area training workers to meet the demands of the job and industry."

SCIENCE EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA - $440,000

Senator Shelby said, "These funds will aid the University of Alabama in their efforts to upgrade their science education and technology facilities in order to support greater scientific education of its students. The funding will be used to upgrade their current science lecture halls to incorporate state-of-the-art, multimedia rooms, instant response devices, and distance learning technology to provide instruction to K - 12 classes. In addition, the University plans to upgrade their science laboratories to allow for true, discovery-based instruction by installing new equipment and upgraded instrumentation and computing facilities."

STROKE BELT RESEARCH AND INTERVENTION NETWORK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM - $440,000

Senator Shelby said, "For more than 35 years scientists have known that there are very high death rates from strokes in the Southeastern United States and this group of states have become known as the ‘Stroke Belt.’ Residents of these states have a 25% greater risk of dying of a stroke than what is experienced elsewhere in the United States."

"This legislation will provide funding for the University’s School of Public Health to support scientific studies to investigate underlying causes for the existence of the ‘Stroke Belt,’ and to propose effective stroke prevention strategies."

STILLMAN COLLEGE, ZELPHA WELLS CULTURAL EDUCATION CENTER - $50,000

Senator Shelby said, "These funds will allow Stillman College and Zelpha’s Cultural Development Corporation to continue to provide music education and music instruction to minority and disadvantaged youth."

EVERGREEN-CONECUH PUBLIC LIBRARY - $20,000

Senator Shelby said, "These funds will allow the library to purchase books, software materials, and equipment to compliment the accelerated reading program taught in nearby schools."

GORDO PUBLIC LIBRARY - $50,000

Senator Shelby said, "These funds for the Gordo Public Library will assist the library in their efforts to create and equip an arts and humanities multifunction room."